Foreword by Lee Brown

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Foreword by Lee Brown
Dear Parents and Students
At Nunthorpe Academy we are committed to “Learning to Create a Better Future, Today”.
A key feature of the work we do with our young people is to prepare them, as effectively as possible,
for THEIR FUTURES, not someone else’s past.
As your sons and daughters prepare for the next crucial stage of THEIR FUTURES, we present this
booklet as a detailed summary of the courses we will be offering between September 2015 and
August 2017.
During Years 7 and 8, the educational experiences your sons/daughters enjoyed were centred upon
a broad based curriculum enabling them to personalise their learning choices. This personalisation
has continued into Year 9 in the GCSE preparation your sons and daughters are already following.
They also enabled your sons/daughters to begin to plan, with support, the direction they will next
take educationally speaking.
In Years 10 & 11 our students experience a considerable change and further personalisation. Our
courses and qualifications require real commitment, as they will be tested on much deeper
knowledge and skills. In making the choices for their Key Stage 4 curriculum, it is vital that the
following questions are considered very carefully by them:
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What have you been good at, and why, in Years 7-9?
What have you not enjoyed, and why, in Years 7-9?
Do you have a strong understanding of what you feel your strengths and weaknesses are as
student?
Do you have any specific Sixth Form/College/Employment plans?
Do you have any specific profession/career plans?
How will the further choices you now make at GCSE/BTEC maximise the chances of you
achieving the “magic 5” A* to C grades and the highest possible attainment and score by August
2017?
Given the importance of this stage in your sons’/daughters’ lives, there are four important
professionals involved in the process who will provide high quality, individualised and impartial
advice to our students:
 Danny Yates - Vice Principal - Achievement
 The team of Pastoral Directors - one for each of our 5 Houses
 Maria Hudson – Director of PHSE (Personal, Health, Social and Economic) Education
 Your son/daughter’s Form Tutor.
Please seek advice/guidance from these excellent people, I am also, of course, available to you all at
any time should you need my help too.
In the meantime, we look forward to a very successful 2 years for your son/daughter and, as ever, to
an excellent set of examination results for him/her by August 2017. It is in the latter, of course, that
we most effectively ensure the creation of a better, more secure future for your sons and daughters.
My very best wishes to you all,
Lee Brown
Principal
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Introduction by Danny Yates
Dear Students and Parents/Carers,
Welcome to the most important educational decision that you have made so far in your academy
career. Your choices will decide what you study over the next two years in your options subjects and
potentially guide you in what you do for your career or further study. It is therefore very important
that the choices you make are the right ones. This booklet has been designed to give you the
information that you need in order to make intelligent and informed decisions about your future. I
hope that it proves to be useful.
Over the last four years there have been some significant changes both to this Options Booklet and
to the options process as a whole. Some of these changes were in response to parental and student
feedback and others in response to shifts in national education policy and university entry
requirements.
Through this booklet we will give you as much information as we currently have on the ever
changing national picture of Key Stage 4 education to help you make the correct decisions.
Following this introduction we will set out for you detailed information regarding the range of
options that are available.
Whilst BTEC qualifications have been delivered successfully in our school for a number of years now,
some students and parents understandably remain a little unsure as to their structure and status
and so on page 3 we will attempt to demystify BTEC qualifications and compare them with GCSEs.
There have been significant changes to BTEC qualifications again this year, so please, even if you
are familiar with them, check what those key differences are.
Pages 4 onwards give detail of compulsory core study and optional subjects. Finally, there are notes
on the completion of the application form and the form itself.
We are encouraging students to take greater account of their possible future options choices at Key
Stage 5; It is more helpful to career progression if students have considered what they might like to
study in the future and helps avoid the distress of realising that University courses and AS/A2 studies
in their “dream subjects” cannot be taken because of poor choices at Key Stage 4. I would like to
direct you to the penultimate page of this booklet in order to support this process.
For students accessing support within the Inclusion Faculty whilst in KS3 the child’s KS4 curriculum
may be modified following consultation with Mrs Shaw and Mr Yates, although we expect that this
would be appropriate for only a very small number o students.
Whatever your preferences I wish you well in making those decisions.
Each Year 9 student will be allocated a 10 minute appointment with either their Pastoral Director of
Learning (PDL) or Assistant Pastoral Director of Learning (APDL) within the next two weeks; the
submission of application forms will be completed at this appointment.
The absolute deadline date for completed forms is Friday March 6, 2015
Please take the time to read the information provided, it has been compiled to give you as much
support as possible in making these difficult decisions.
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A Guide to GCSE Vs BTEC
All of our options are either GCSE or BTEC qualifications; the table below highlights the main
differences between them. The styles of teaching, learning and assessment are rather different and
this may influence your decision about which option subjects to select.
Question
Who might like it?
What are they worth?
GCSE
BTEC
If you like exams (sometimes with a If you prefer fewer exams and your
bit of coursework) – then GCSE assessment to be mainly coursework
would be most suitable for you.
based – then the BTEC is most suitable
for you.
GCSE is worth a GCSE!
BTEC Level 2 Award is equivalent to 1
GCSE pass at grade C or above.
What different grades GCSE grades range from A*-G. BTECs are graded at; Pass (equivalent
can you get?
Grades A*-C are Level 2 passes, to C), Merit (equivalent to B),
Grades D-G are Level 1.
Distinction (equivalent to A) and
Distinction* (equivalent to A*).
How many lessons per 3 periods per week.
3 periods per week.
week?
Is there a final
There are usually one or two papers Mainly coursework based, marked
examination?
which vary in length. Some courses throughout the duration of the course
also include an element of and then moderated by EDEXCEL. There
controlled assessment or course is now also one unit, equivalent to 20%
work.
of the final grade which is externally
assessed and may take the form of a
written examination.
How will they be
Examinations
and
possibly A variety of assessment methods e.g.
assessed?
coursework — how much they count role plays, presentations, preparation
towards the final exams varies with of leaflets/handbooks, final pieces or
the courses. Some courses have projects depending on the subject.
“controlled assessment” which is
similar to coursework though it is
completed
under
supervised
conditions.
How will they be taught? Some taught content with some A high amount of independent study
independent work.
while working toward matching the
criteria for each unit.
Are they easy?
They cover the full range of grades There are now some exams to revise
from A*-G so they are accessible to for although coursework still accounts
most students.
for most of the final grade. This means
lots of students do very well in them—
this does not mean they are easy - It
means they are different!
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Core Study
GCSE English Language and Literature
What will I learn?
This course will focus on developing and progressing linguistic and literary skills across the key
stage. You will explore literary and non-fiction texts as well as have opportunities to write in a
variety of styles for different purposes and audiences. English Language and Literature must be
studied together by all students from September 2015.
How will I be assessed?
This course is 100% exam for both Language and Literature and covers the following big ideas:
How is the story told in..?. How is the story created in...?
Literature
Paper 1: Shakespeare and ‘A Christmas Carol’ – 40% of final grade
Paper 2: ‘An Inspector Calls’ and Poetry study – 60% of final grade
Language
Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing – 50%
Paper 2: Exploration of writers’ viewpoints and perspectives – 50%
What qualification will I gain?
2 GCSE qualifications – GCSE English Language and GCSE Literature
What can I do after I complete this course?
This course allows progression onto any post 16 qualification, depending on final result. Either
Literature of Language can be counted for your post 16 provision from September 2015.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
aCDL English, KS4 : Jamie Dunn – [email protected]
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Core Study
European Computer Driving Licence
What will I learn?
In the ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) you will develop work-related ICT skills and
understanding of the appropriate use of ICT in different situations.
There are 4 areas which are covered; Presentation Software, Word Processing Software,
Spreadsheet Software and Improving Productivity.
How will I be assessed?
In each of the 4 units of this course students are assessed on practical skills, and on the
improving productivity unit, some multiple choice questions.
Students will exercise the practical skills in the lesson, and will be tested online by performing
some of these skills under test conditions. Students will be able to see if they have been
successful immediately as they are marked instantly online.
What qualification will I gain?
The ECDL is a Level 2 qualification.
Please see BTEC guide for equivalences.
What can I do after I complete this course?
This course is designed to compliment any career, supporting using technology in any
workplace. It is recognised worldwide.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
CDL for BIE: Miss S Holmes - [email protected]
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Core Study
GCSE Mathematics
What will I learn?
This qualification in Mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive
attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own
lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the
use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career
choices.
This qualification contains Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Statistics and Probability.
How will I be assessed?
Three written papers (one non-calculator and two calculator). Each paper will be 1 hour 30
minutes long.
What qualification will I gain?
Students will gain 1 GCSE in Mathematics.
What can I do after I complete this course?
AS/A2 level Mathematics (minimum equivalent grade B at GCSE)
AS/A2 level Further Mathematics (minimum equivalent grade A at GCSE)
Useful for Science courses, in particular Chemistry and Physics.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
CDL Mathematics: Brian Wardman - [email protected]
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Core Study
Dual Award Science
What will I learn?
If you have not opted to study the Separate Sciences this is the Science course we offer.
It consists of GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science (both examined in year 11). Both
GCSEs cover a range of topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
High grades in these GCSEs are a suitable base to go on and study A level Sciences.
How will I be assessed?
For each science qualification you will complete 3 examinations and 1 Controlled Assessment,
each component is worth 25% of the final grade.
What qualification will I gain?
2 GCSEs, (GCSE Science, GCSE Additional Science)
What can I do after I complete this course?
These GCSEs are an ideal base from which to study A Level sciences.
A Level entry requirements are typically; at least grade B in the science you wish to study and in
Mathematics and English.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Director of Physics: Mrs Phillips - [email protected]
Director of Chemistry: Mrs Davison - [email protected]
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Core Study
What will I learn?
Physical Education
What will I Learn?
In Year 10 students experience a transition from formal structured PE lessons with practical
assessment to a more tailored relaxed atmosphere. Students take more responsibility for their
own learning through leadership and coaching opportunities. In Year 11 students enjoy an
options based programme including traditional sports, health related fitness activities, outdoor
and adventurous activity and trampolining. Key stage 4 PE is about encouraging students to
stay involved in sport and exercise once they leave education and how it benefits leading a
healthy active lifestyle.
How will I be assessed?
Teacher assessment is based on behaviour and effort grades that are awarded during each Data
Capture cycle and on interim reports.
What qualification will I gain?
This is a non-examined course however, as a fundamental requirement of the National
Curriculum it is held in high regard within the academy and is a compulsory component of Key
Stage 4 study. Core PE holds many benefits for all of our students; aside from the obvious
health, well being and social benefits, physical activity acts as successful ‘stress release’ for
students alongside numerous examination courses.
What can I do after I complete this course?
Core PE can compliment both GCSE/GCE and BTEC qualifications at both Key Stage 4 and Key
Stage 5. A key theme of Core PE is the ambition that all students enjoy success in at least one
area of sporting activity which will set them on the path to lifelong participation in physical
activity and the adoption of a healthy, balanced and active lifestyle.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
CDL for SPORT: Mark Gray - [email protected]
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Core Study
PHSE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) Education
What will I learn?
Students will acquire knowledge to enable them to make well informed realistic decisions in
the following areas:
 Citizenship
 Economic wellbeing
 Personal wellbeing
 CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance)
In Year 10 the majority of the work will involve exploring the world of work. We will do this
by completing a work experience process which will involve CV writing and interview
techniques, also looking at the skills and qualities employers find desirable in their
employees.
In Year 11 the majority of the work will involve completing a level 2 Certificate in Financial
Education which looks at:
 Finance, the Individual and Society
 Practices of Managing Money
 Financial Capability, Work and Enterprise
In addition to this throughout the 2 years, time will be spent looking at options available to
student’s post 16.
How will I be assessed?
In year 10 students will be assessed and given feedback on the quality and content of their
Curriculum Vitae, letters of application and interview techniques.
Year 11 Assessment will be as follows:
Unit 1 (FIS) Exam – 35 marks
Unit 2 (PMM) Exam – 35 Marks
Unit 3 ((FCWE) Case study – 25 marks
What can I do after I complete this course?
The knowledge and skills developed through PHSE study are transferable and are integral to all
post-16 programmes of study, apprenticeships and careers.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Director of PHSE : Maria Hudson – [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Art & Design
What will I learn?
Two units are studied:
Students work independently through 4 assessment objectives working towards a final piece of
work in a choice of endorsement. For example, a student can produce two projects; one based
on sculpture and one on photography. Guidance is given to individuals regarding choice of art
specialism and what can be achieved at their own ability level.
How will I be assessed?
60% of the final grade awarded is based on coursework (controlled assessment – unit 1)
40% of the final grade awarded is based on an examination (externally set test – unit 2).
The exam has a preparatory period of study before it begins, when students produce a final
outcome in lesson time – they have 10 hours for the final piece of work.
There is no written element to this course however; students are expected to demonstrate
fluent and accurate annotation where appropriate.
What qualification will I gain?
1 GCSE in Art & Design – unendorsed.
However, students with a particular area of specialism may be considered for entry into an
endorsement (specialism) this would be discussed with the student following a base line
assessment at the start of the course. An endorsed course is still worth one GCSE.
What can I do after I complete this course?
This qualification can lead to art courses in AS / A2 art and design. This course forms an ideal
pathway on to the study of art or design specialism at university including; photography, fine
art, graphic design, fashion & costume, animation, sculpture and architecture.
Many employers consider an art qualification as beneficial as they demonstrate skills in
independence and creative thinking.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Director of Art: Nicola Robinson - [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Business Studies
What will I learn?
GCSE Business Studies aims to stimulate and develop students’ knowledge and understanding
of the business world and how the key aspects of business can change and develop the world
we live in. It also helps to develop each student to become a business thinker and be able to
develop their own ideas and thoughts into becoming young business entrepreneurs
Students will develop key skills and knowledge in areas including: Starting a Business,
Marketing, Finance, People in Business, Operations Management, Growing as a Business, The
Business Organisation and Investigating Businesses.
How will I be assessed?
Students will complete a Controlled Assessment worth 25% of the final grade and sit two
written examinations: Paper 1 is worth 40% of the final grade and Paper 2 is worth 35%.
What qualification will I gain?
Students gain 1 GCSE on successful completion of this course.
What can I do after I complete this course?
Once you have completed a GCSE in Business you can use it in almost any career as you learn
about how businesses work. However, related courses at KS5 include: Business, Law,
Economics, Accounting and Statistics. Appropriate university programmes include: Any
Management or Business related course, Economics, Accountancy, Law, Marketing, Human
Resources, Strategic Management and Customer Services.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
CDL for BIE: Miss S Holmes - [email protected]
ACDL for BIE: Mr C O’Neil - [email protected]
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Optional Study
BTEC Award in Business
What will I learn?
In BTEC Business you will develop work-related skills and understanding of a variety of
relevant professions and industries. You will also enjoy a balance between practical skills
development and theoretical knowledge.
Topics covered could include: Enterprise in the business world, finance, customer service,
retail business and recruitment, selection and employment.
How will I be assessed?
There will be one examination in the Summer. You will also be internally assessed by teachers
who have their assessment moderated by Edexcel.
Students are assessed through the production of a portfolio, presentations, interviews, and
written work.
What qualification will I gain?
The BTEC Award is a Level 2 qualification.
Please see BTEC guide for equivalences.
What can I do after I complete this course?
Once you have completed a BTEC in Business you can use it in almost any career as you learn
about how businesses work. However, related courses at KS5 include: Business, Law,
Economics, Accounting and Statistics. Appropriate university programmes include: Any
Management or Business related course, Economics, Accountancy, Law, Marketing, Human
Resources, Strategic Management and Customer Services.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
CDL for BIE: Miss S Holmes - [email protected]
ACDL of BIE: Mr C O’Neil - [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Child Development
What will I learn?
The course studies the development of a child from conception to the age of 5. Topics includeThe family, contraception, conception, birth, ante- natal care, feeding, bathing, clothing, safety
and first aid, play, toys.
The child study - based on whether a child learns through play; researches the physical,
intellectual, emotional and social effects on a child’s development.
How will I be assessed?
There are 5 Assessment Activities
2 Resource tasks (10% each) based on ante-natal care and the types of nappies sold
1 Investigative task (10%) based on food eaten by children
1 Child Study (30%) based upon a child between 3 months – 5 years old.
1 final written examination worth 40% of the final mark, taken at the end of the course with
short answer questions from the topics covered and coursework project.
What qualification will I gain?
GCSE Child Development
What can I do after I complete this course?
Students can continue to study Child Development through the CACHE course in Children’s
Care, Learning and Development or BTEC Health and Social Care.
Students can also follow courses in Child Development, Child Psychology, Social Work, Health
and Social Care, Child Day Care, Nursery Nursing.
Careers – Child Psychologist, Nurse, Midwife, Social Worker, Teacher, Carer, Nursery Nurse,
Learning Assistant, Nanny.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Director of Food/ Textiles/Child Development and Health and Social Care: Mrs Julie Ivison [email protected]
Teacher of Technology: Mrs G Roberts - [email protected] , Miss L Masters [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Computing
What will I learn?
GCSE Computing will give you an insight into how computers and programs actually work. You
will look at the different parts of computer systems and how they work. You will look at the
area of computer technology and see what happens ‘behind the scenes’ in relation to
programming. You will also look at and learn a range of different programming languages.
Students will develop key skills and knowledge in areas including: Computer systems, Hardware
and Software, Computer Programming, Networking and Communication. Students will also
develop skills such as critical thinking, analysis and problem solving.
How will I be assessed?
Students will sit 1 written examination worth 40% of the final grade and complete 2 controlled
assessments worth 30% each, one being a programming solution.
GCSE Computing requires a sound understanding of Mathematics and therefore strength in this
area is highly beneficial.
What qualification will I gain?
Students will gain 1 GCSE on successful completion of this course.
What can I do after I complete this course?
GCSE Computing is an ideal pathway to future learning in A level Computing and also the many
and varied Computer Science degrees. There are also a range of career paths you can take
through computing including computer game programmer, software developer and website
developer. Any career that involves ICT and computing would benefit from this GCSE.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
CDL for BIE: S Holmes - [email protected]
ACDL for BIE: T Day – [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Drama
What will I learn?
GCSE Drama is split into three units.
Unit 1: Drama Exploration
Unit 2: Exploring Play Texts
Unit 3: Drama Performance
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1 is worth 30% of the GCSE for Drama and requires students to explore a theme, topic or
issue through a range of drama activities in order to deepen understanding of drama form.
The unit requires a written evaluation of 1,500 words to be completed and participation in a 6
hour workshop.
Unit 2 has a weighting of 30% and requires students to interpret a play in various ways and
understand how a play works in performance. The unit requires students to watch a live
performance and write a review of 2000 words. They will participate in a 6 hour workshop
and complete an evaluation of 1000 words.
Unit 3 is worth 40% and requires students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding
of practical drama skills through their application to a live performance.
What qualification will I gain?
GCSE Drama is a Level 2 qualification and carries the value of one GCSE.
What can I do after I complete this course?
The GCSE Drama course is an excellent way to prepare for A Level Drama, though it will also
serve as a secure grounding for any key stage 5 drama course including BTEC National
Diplomas and A Level Theatre Studies.
A recent paper published by the Russell Group stated that Drama is a desirable subject for
university applicants for most courses, due to the combination of academic and creative
qualities necessary for successful completion of the course.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
CDL for Drama: Nicola Robinson – [email protected]
Teacher of Drama: Philip Orme – [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Engineering
What will I learn?
Intended as an introduction to Engineering, this qualification allows students to develop skills
and understanding which will be of use generally and as part of a progressive career path
leading to further technical or academic engineering qualifications.
Unit 1 consists of two sections; a Product Study based on information made available in prerelease materials and a second section on Manufacturing and Materials.
Unit 2 Designing and Manufacturing a product or a portfolio of products [covering mechanical
and electronic products].
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1 is a 1 hour written paper worth 40% of the overall grade.
Unit 2: is an internal controlled assessment which will take approximately 45 hours and is worth
60% of the overall grade.
What qualification will I gain?
The qualification is worth one GCSE.
What can I do after I complete this course?
The course content can be regarded as a useful introduction for students who intend to
continue towards Engineering or Manufacturing and Product Design at A level and university.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
CDL for Technology: Kirsty Bannister - [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Food Technology
What will I learn?
The course is divided into 5 sections The first 6 sections are focused on skill development both for the practical and theoretical
aspects of the course, these sections are:
Safety and Hygiene
Issues related to Food – Social, Moral, Cultural, Health and Environmental
Cake Making, including the functions of ingredients
Pastry Making, including nutrition and healthy eating
Bread Making, including types of equipment
Sauce Making, including food hygiene and safety
The final part is the Coursework Project which is based on Designing and Making food suitable
for a café or coffee shop.
How will I be assessed?
There are 2 Assessments The Coursework component is worth 60% of the final mark which will take up to 45 hours to
complete and will include a minimum of 20 hours practical work.
A final written examination worth 40% of the final mark, taken at the end of the course with
short answer questions from the topics covered and coursework project.
A final
worth 40% of the final mark, taken at the end of the course with short answer questions from the course and coursework project
What qualification will I gain?
A final written examination
worth 40% of the final mark, taken at the end of the course with short answer questions from the course and coursework project.
GCSE Food Technology
What can I do after I complete this course?
Students will have developed essential life skills - ability to cook and developing knowledge to
promote good health, diet and food safety.
Students can continue to study Food Technology at AS and A2 Level.
Students can follow BTEC/NVQ courses in Catering, Catering and Hospitality, Nutrition, Food
Safety and Food Processing.
Careers – Chef, Dietician, Child/Sports Nutritionist, Hospitality Industry, Teacher,
Environmental Health Officer, Food Safety, Food Designer, Tester, Taster
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Director of Food and Textiles: Mrs Julie Ivison - [email protected]
Teachers of Food: Mrs Gail Roberts - [email protected] and Miss Kate Mills [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Geography
What will I learn?
Physical Geography:
Human Geography:
The Restless Earth
Water on Land
The Living World
Population Change
Tourism
Changing Urban Environments
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is through 2 examinations and a Controlled Assessment:
Exam Paper 1: Physical Geography (worth 37.5% of final grade)
Exam Paper 2: Human Geography (worth 37.5% of final grade)
Controlled Assessment is completed in class time and is worth 25% of final grade
What qualification will I gain?
One GCSE qualification
What can I do after I complete this course?
Students completing GCSE Geography can go on to study A Level Geography. Many
universities offer a Geography degree course, as well as associated degrees such as Geology
and Environmental Sciences.
As Geography is viewed as being both an Arts and a Science subject, it is valued by a wide
range of employers. Geographers can often be found employed in management roles, local
government, town and country planning, logistics and teaching positions, as well as jobs
relating to the care and management of all aspects of the environment.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Head of Geography: Mike Johnstone - [email protected]
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Optional Study
BTEC Award in Health and Social Care
What will I learn?
Students produce a coursework portfolio based on 3 coursework units worth 25% each
and one exam (1 hour) based on Human Lifespan Development worth 25%
The examined unit develops knowledge and understanding of growth and development
across the life stages, the positive and negative influences on individuals during their life.
3 coursework units (75%):
Unit 2- Health and Social Care Values - looks at ways of empowering people who use
health and social care services in order to protect the wellbeing of individuals.
Unit 3 – Social Values in Health and Social Care – this unit looks at how we learn
acceptable behaviour from our parents, carers, grandparents and extended families
(primary socialisation). How we learn social rules from those in the wider community.
Unit 4- The impact of diet on health - Students look at the importance of a balanced diet,
the effects of diet on health and food safety and hygiene.
Unit 11 – The impact of diet on health. Students look at the importance of a balanced diet, the
How
will I of
bediet
assessed?
effects
on health, the dietary needs of individuals and food safety and hygiene.
This subject is based on 3 coursework units totalling 75% and 25% written exam (one hour).
What qualification will I gain?
BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care Level 2
What can I do after I complete this course?
Students can continue to study BTEC Health and Social Care in the Sixth form and colleges.
Students can also follow courses in Child Development, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work,
Child Day Care, Nursery Nursing, Counselling, Health Care Management and Pharmacology.
Careers – Psychologist, Nurse, Midwife, Social Worker, Teacher, Carer, Nursery Nurse, Learning
Assistant, Nanny, Health Care Assistant, Research Assistant.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Director of Health and Social Care: Mrs Julie Ivison - [email protected]
Teacher of Health and Social Care: Miss Stephanie Nixon - [email protected] and Miss
Laura Masters - [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE History
What will I learn?
4 different areas of study are covered:
Medicine Through Time (a ‘Developments in History’ study)
Developments in Surgery through time (a source-based investigation)
The Vietnam War (a Modern World study)
The American West 1840 – 1895 (an in depth enquiry)
How will I be assessed?
Medicine Through Time: Exam (1 hour 15 mins). Worth 25% of final grade
Developments in Surgery through time: Exam (1 hour 15 mins). Worth 25% of final grade
The American West 1840 – 1895: Exam (1 hour 15 mins). Worth 25% of final grade
The Vietnam War: (Controlled Assessment). Worth 25% of final grade
What qualification will I gain?
GCSE
What can I do after I complete this course?
Students completing GCSE History can go on to study A Level History at TSFE. Most universities
offer a History degree course, as well as associated degrees such as Archaeology.
History is recognised and valued by employers as a subject that develops the critical and
analytical skills of students. As such, it is a key subject to take if you are considering a career in
law, journalism, civil service or teaching. It is a subject that is valued for any positions of
management within any organization.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Mike Johnstone - [email protected]
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Optional Study
BTEC Award in Creative Digital Media Production
What will I learn?
In BTEC Media you will develop work-related skills and understanding of the Media
profession/industry. You will also enjoy a balance between practical skills development and
theoretical knowledge.
Topics covered include: Digital Media Sectors and Audiences, Planning for a Creative Media
Product, Web Site Production and Digital Sound Production.
How will I be assessed?
There will be one exam in the Summer of Year 11, based on theory of Digital Media Sectors and
Audiences. You will also be internally assessed by teachers who have their assessment
moderated by Edexcel.
Students are assessed through the production of a portfolio, presentations, interviews, and
written work.
What qualification will I gain?
The BTEC Award is a Level 2 qualification.
Please see BTEC guide for equivalences.
What can I do after I complete this course?
Once you have completed a BTEC in Media you can move into creative careers in the Media
Industry or creative technology development, such as Web Authoring or journalism. Related
courses at KS5 include: Media, Photography and ICT. Appropriate university programmes
include: Any media or film studies course, photography or website/multimedia design.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
CDL for BIE: S Holmes - [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Modern Foreign Languages - French, German and Spanish
What will I learn?
We offer German, French and Spanish at Key Stage 4.
As Spanish is introduced at this level, students follow an intensive course to enable them to sit
the GCSE exam.
Students follow the Edexcel Certificate specification and study the following topics:
Home and abroad: Life in the town and rural life, weather, travel, transport, directions, holidays
and tourist information, services, customs and religion, everyday life, traditions and
communities in a country of the target language
Education and employment: Childhood, school life and routine, work/careers, future plans
House, home and daily routines: Types of home, information about self, family and friends,
helping around the house, food and drinks
The modern world and the environment: Current affairs and social issues, environmental issues,
the media, Information and communication technology
Social activities, fitness and health: Special occasions, Hobbies, interests, sports and exercise,
Shopping and money matters, Accidents, injuries, common ailments and health.
How will I be assessed?
Students sit three final exams: one for speaking; one for listening and one for both reading and
writing. There are no tiers therefore all students sit the same exams.
Writing: 25% - Students produce two pieces of writing in a final exam. One piece is 50 words and
the other piece is 150 words.
Speaking: 25% - Students sit one final speaking exam with their teacher at the end of the course. In
the exam students talk about 3 of the topic areas above. It lasts 10 minutes and is marked by the
exam board.
Listening: 25%
Reading: 25%
What qualification will I gain?
Students gain 1 GCSE on successful completion of this course.
What can I do after I complete this course?
A Level German, Spanish or French. A Level courses require a GCSE grade B and above.
The Russell Group of Universities now recommend that applicants for many courses have an MFL
GCSE.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
CDL for MFL KS4-5: Mrs G Evans – [email protected]
CDL for MFL KS2-3: Mrs C Rollason – [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Music
What will I learn?
GCSE Music is divided into three units.
Unit 1: Solo and Ensemble Performance
Unit 2: Composition
Unit 3: Listening and appraising
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1 is worth 30% of the GCSE for music and requires students to complete one solo
performance and one ensemble performance as a controlled assessment.
Unit 2 has a weighting of 30% and requires students to complete two compositions based
upon the musical genres studied for the listening and appraising exam.
Unit 3 is worth 40% and is a formal exam where students answer questions in response to
musical excerpts.
What qualification will I gain?
GCSE Music is a Level 2 qualification worth one GCSE.
What can I do after I complete this course?
The GCSE Music course is an excellent way to prepare for A Level Music, though it will also
serve as a secure grounding for any key stage 5 music course including BTEC National Diploma
and Music Technology A Level.
A recent paper published by the Russell Group stated that Music is a desirable subject for
university applicants for most courses, due to the combination of academic and creative
qualities necessary for successful completion of the course.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Director of Music: Liz Mummery - [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Philosophy & Ethics
What will I learn?
Religion and Life- four topics: Believing in God (arguments for and against belief in God, evil
and suffering, miracles); Matters of Life and Death (life after death, abortion, euthanasia);
Marriage and the Family (views and attitudes towards marriage, family life, divorce and
homosexuality); Community Cohesion (Britain as a multi-ethnic and multi-faith society, racism
and racial harmony, sexism).
Religion and Society- four topics: Rights and Responsibilities (making moral decisions,
authority, situation ethics, human rights); Environmental and Medical Issues (global warming,
pollution, stewardship, infertility treatments, transplant surgery); Peace and Conflict (the
United Nations, war and peace, the Just War Theory, bullying, forgiveness and reconciliation);
Crime and Punishment (law and Justice, capital punishment, drugs and alcohol).
How will I be assessed?
Religion and Life- written paper, 90 minutes (50% of qualification)
Religion and Society- written paper, 90 minutes (50% of qualification)
What qualification will I gain?
1 GCSE
What can I do after I complete this course?
Philosophy and Ethics can help in the understanding of Psychology, Sociology and Citizenship. It
is also compatible with other Humanities subjects at KS5.
Possible career pathways include: youth work, education, counselling, advisory services,
community work, social work and journalism.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Director of Philosophy & Ethics and Psychology: Miss Bernadette Hewison
[email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Physical Education
What will I learn?
Theoretical Study covers the following topics:
 Introduction to Concepts and Processes
 Developing Sport Skills and Techniques
 Evaluating and Improving Physical and Mental Capacity
 Informed Choices about Active, Healthy Lifestyles
 Developing Skills, Techniques and Motivation
 Skeletal System
 Muscular System
 Effects of Exercise
 Principles and Methods of Training
 Risk Assessment and Injuries
 Opportunities, Pathways and Participation
Practical Activities:
Basketball
Netball
Football
Rugby
Hockey
Cross Country Handball
Rounders
Athletics
Badminton
Trampolining Cricket
Tennis
Softball
How will I be assessed?
Practical (50%) – Students can be assessed as a performer, official or leader and can be
assessed in activities undertaken outside of school (contact lead teacher below for more
information). The 4 highest scores will be submitted.
Theory (40%) – Students will sit two written exams as part of the summer exam series.
Coursework (10%) – Students will complete two pieces of coursework; firstly, analysing their
own lifestyle and secondly analysing another students performance.
What qualification will I gain?
Students will gain one GCSE qualification in Physical Education.
An avid interest in sport is essential to be successful on this course. Students must be already
competing for the academy on an academy team/s or undertaking a sport or activity outside
the academy with a coach.
What can I do after I complete this course?
There are many options when completing GCSE PE; this provides an ideal stepping stone to
AS/A Level PE and Level 3 BTEC SPORT.
Completing a GCSE in PE would also contribute to a career path in many areas that include PE
teacher, Physiotherapist, Dietician, Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Course Leaders:
Mark Gray - [email protected] and
Darren Bunn - [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Product Design
What will I learn?
Product Design gives a practical approach that encourages students to design and make
products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities, using a range of
materials and techniques. Packaging, labelling and instructions are also encouraged as part of
the complete design proposal.
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1 is a 2 hour written paper worth 40% of the total marks.
Candidates answer all questions in two sections using pre-release material to answer one of
the sections.
Unit 2 is a coursework project which will take approximately 45 hours to complete and is worth
60% of total marks. It consists of a single ‘design and make’ activity selected from a range of set
tasks.
What qualification will I gain?
The qualification is worth one GCSE.
What can I do after I complete this course?
The specification provides an excellent route into A Level Product Design and Level 3 BTEC
Diplomas in Manufacturing and Product Design, Creative Media or Engineering.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
CDL for Technology: Kirsty Bannister - [email protected]
Director for Technology: Michelle Coupland - [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Psychology
What will I learn?
Unit 1: Making Sense of Other People (including: memory, non-verbal communication,
development of personality, stereotyping, prejudice & discrimination, research methods,
methods of investigation, methods of control, data analysis and data presentation, ethical
considerations).
Unit 2: Understanding Other People (including: learning, social influence, sex and gender,
aggression, research methods, methods of investigation, methods of control, data analysis and
data presentation, ethical considerations).
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1: Making sense of people- Written paper, 90 minutes (50% of qualification)
Unit 2: Understanding Other People- Written paper, 90 minutes (50% of qualification)
Psychology is a social science. Topics are studied and applied in depth. There is an immense
amount of content in the GCSE- a firm commitment to the course is essential. You will need to
support theories with research and apply this to real life- it is not enough just to know the
topics.
It is advisable to be achieving at least level 6 in Science/English, in order to be successful in this
subject.
What qualification will I gain?
1 GCSE
What can I do after I complete this course?
Psychology can help in the understanding of Sociology, Citizenship and Philosophy and Ethics. It
is also compatible with other Humanities subjects at KS5. Possible career pathways include:
law, social work/counselling, education, criminology, forensics, police force, prison service,
journalism, youth worker, research and human resources/personnel.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Director of Philosophy & Ethics and Psychology: Miss Bernadette Hewison [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Sociology
What will I learn?
Unit 1: Studying Society – An introduction to the GCSE, The Family: What is the relationship
between families and individuals? How are family structures changing? Education: What is the
role of education? Which groups in society achieve best and why?
Unit 2: Crime and Deviance: What is Crime? How and why are certain groups labelled as
criminals? Mass Media – How important is the mass media in society? Is the mass media a
source of power? Social Inequality – How is wealth, status and power shared? Does class
affect our life chances?
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1: Studying Society, Education & Families- Written paper, 90 minutes (50% of
qualification)
Unit 2: Crime and Deviance, Mass Media, Social Inequality- Written paper, 90 minutes (50% of
qualification)
Sociology is a Social Science and topics are studied and applied in depth. There is a large
amount of content in the GCSE – a firm commitment to the course is essential. You will also
need to support theories with research and apply this to real life.
It is advisable to be achieving at least level 6 in English in order to be successful in this subject.
What qualification will I gain?
1 GCSE
What can I do after I complete this course?
The qualification is useful if you want to carry on studying AS/A Level Sociology and related
subjects in the Humanities e.g. Law, Media Studies, Psychology etc. Many professional careers,
including medicine, law, teaching and business require students to have some knowledge of
Sociology and social theory. Possible career pathways include: law, social work/counselling,
education, criminology, forensics, police force, prison service, journalism, youth worker,
personnel.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Director of Sociology: Mr S Coe - [email protected]
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Optional Study
BTEC Award in Sport
What will I learn?
This course is divided into four units. Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise, Unit 2: Practical
Sports Performance, Unit 4: The Sports Performer in Action and Unit 6: Leading Sports
Activities.
How will I be assessed?
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Units 1 is assessed externally through an online exam
Unit 2 is split into three different assignments (rules, regulations and scoring; technical
and tactical demands; observation checklist and evaluation).
Unit 4 is split into two different assignments (The Musculoskeletal System and The Cardiorespiratory System; energy systems).
Unit 6 is split into two different assignments (Attributes of a Sports Leader and Lead and
Review a Sports Activity)
75% of this course is assessed via internal assessment
25% is an online exam
What qualification will I gain?
The BTEC Award in Sport is a Level 2 qualification.
Please see BTEC guide for equivalences.
What can I do after I complete this course?
The natural progression following completion of this course would be BTEC Sport Level 3
National Certificate or Diploma in Sport, which is delivered at Key Stage 5.
This course supports a career in sport; typical career options are PE teacher, physiotherapist,
fitness instructor, and coach or sports analyst
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Course Leader: Julie Thomas - [email protected]
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Optional Study
GCSE Textiles Technology
What will I learn?
The course is divided into 3 sections The first section is focused on skill development, both for the practical and theoretical aspects
of the course with students practicing a variety of Textile Techniques which will be used later
in the coursework project.
Students carry out a practice coursework making a textile item of choice whether fashion or
soft furnishings.
The final part is the Coursework Project which is based on designing and making of your own
choice from a range of tasks which include - an item from recycled materials, the 1960’s or
vintage British designs.
How will I be assessed?
There are 2 Assessments The Coursework Component is worth 60% of the final mark which will take up to 45 hours to
complete and will include a minimum of 20 hours practical work.
A final written examination worth 40% of the final mark, taken at the end of the course with
short answer questions from the topics covered and coursework project.
What qualification will I gain?
GCSE Textiles Technology
What can I do after I complete this course?
Students can continue to study Product Design: Textiles Technology at AS and A2 level.
Students can also follow courses in Fashion Design, Creative Fashion, Art Textiles, Dressmaking,
Fabric Crafts and Soft Furnishing, Jewellery and Graphic Design.
Careers – Fashion Design – Clothing, Fabric, Accessories, Textiles Buyer, Machinist, Teacher,
Artist, Clothing Tester, Textile Technologist, Tailor, Interior Design
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Director of Textiles : Mrs Julie Ivison - [email protected]
Teacher of Textiles: Miss Stephanie Nixon - [email protected] Miss Laura Masters [email protected]
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Optional Study
Triple Science
What will I learn?
The three separate Science GCSEs are available this year as an Option. These GCSEs are
designed to stretch and challenge the most able and motivated students and require excellent
written communication skills in English as well as a high level of competency in Mathematical
skills. They are ideal for students wishing to proceed to A level Sciences and onwards to a
scientific career.
You will complete a separate GCSE in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
How will I be assessed?
For each science qualification you will complete 3 examinations and 1 Controlled Assessment,
each component is worth 25% of the final grade.
What qualification will I gain?
3 GCSEs, one in each of the sciences, all at individual grades
What can I do after I complete this course?
These GCSEs are an ideal base from which to study A Level sciences.
A Level entry requirements are typically; at least grade B in the science you wish to study and in
Mathematics and English.
Who should I speak to if I want more information?
Director of Physics: Mrs Phillips - [email protected]
Director of Chemistry: Mrs Davison - [email protected]
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Considering Your Future
Starting in September 2019;
What is your Ultimate Educational/Employment
Goal?
University
Further Education
Employment/Training
Starting in September 2018;
Possible Yr 13 Pathway
Choose A2/Level 3 Vocational/other training
Year 13
Starting in September 2017;
Possible Yr 12 Pathway
Choose AS/Level 3 Vocational/other training
Year 12
Starting in September 2015;
Option choices (in order of preference)
Key Stage 4
1.
2.
3.
Instructions on the completion of the Application Form
Prior to completing the application form overleaf please take some time to consider what your
ultimate educational or employment goal is. Whilst the options indicated now for Year 12 and 13
and beyond are in no way binding, it is helpful to think through the courses you may wish to follow
at these points.
Remember this is an application process and we cannot guarantee that everyone will receive all of
their option choices.
It may not be possible to place all students in their preferred options if, for example, a course is
hugely over or under subscribed. However, in order to ensure that students receive their most
favoured choices we have asked that each applicant numbers their choices from 1-3, 1 being highest
priority and 3 the lowest.
Applications forms must be handed in by each student following their options interview and
agreed by the PDL / APDL.
Nb. Please retain the white copy of the application form and submit the green copy
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The Options Process
February
• Year 9 Options Assembly
• Informal discussions with tutors / class teachers
February 9
• Year 9 parent's consultation evening
• Options brochures made available
• Year 9 options evening
March 6
• Application forms completed
• Guidance interview with PDL / APDL
• Deadline for submission of application forms
March 6
March -
• 1:2:1 discussions and 're-opt' for students where
options choices do not 'fit'
April
May
• Letter confirming options allocation sent to
parents/carers
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PLEASE RETAIN THIS COPY
Name:
Application for Key Stage 4 Options
2015
____________________
Tutor Group:
__________
Dear Student,
Please indicate with a circle the subjects you would like to study and a number from 1 to 3 to
identify the priority order e.g.
French (Fr) 1
Choose One subject from the following list:
French(Fr)
German (De)
Triple Science (Ts)
Spanish (Es)
History (Hi)
Computing (Cp)
Geography (Gg)
Choose Two subjects from the following list:
Art& Design (Ar)
Business Studies (Bs)
Business Studies BTEC (Bb)
Child Development (Hc)
Computing (Cp)
German (De)
Drama (Dr)
Engineering (Eg)
Spanish (Es)
French (Fr)
Food Technology (Hf)
Geography (Gg)
Health & Social Care BTEC (Hs) History (Hi)
Media BTEC (Me)
Music (Mu)
Philosophy & Ethics (Pl)
Physical Education (Ps)
Product Design (Pd)
Psychology (Py)
Sociology (So)
Sport BTEC (Sp)
Textiles (Ht)
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All qualifications are GCSE unless otherwise stated
You cannot select two qualifications from the same subject area e.g. GCSE PE and BTEC Sport
Please sign below to confirm the application for the subjects identified above.
Student:
____________________
Parent/Carer: ___________________
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PLEASE SUBMIT THIS COPY
Name:
Application for Key Stage 4 Options
2015
____________________
Tutor Group:
__________
Dear Student,
Please indicate with a circle the subjects you would like to study and a number from 1 to 4 to
identify the priority order e.g.
French (Fr) 1
Choose One subject from the following list:
French(Fr)
German (De)
Triple Science (Ts)
Spanish (Es)
History (Hi)
Computing (Cp)
Geography (Gg)
Choose Two subjects from the following list:
Art& Design (Ar)
Business Studies (Bs)
Business Studies BTEC (Bb)
Child Development (Hc)
Computing (Cp)
German (De)
Drama (Dr)
Engineering (Eg)
Spanish (Es)
French (Fr)
Food Technology (Hf)
Geography (Gg)
Health & Social Care BTEC (Hs) History (Hi)
Media BTEC (Me)
Music (Mu)
Philosophy & Ethics (Pl)
Physical Education (Ps)
Product Design (Pd)
Psychology (Py)
Sociology (So)
Sport BTEC (Sp)
Textiles (Ht)
Nb
 All qualifications are GCSE unless otherwise stated
 You cannot select two qualifications from the same subject area e.g. GCSE PE and BTEC Sport
Please sign below to confirm the application for the subjects identified above.
Student:
____________________
Parent/Carer: ___________________
PDL / APDL:
____________________
Date:
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